• New evidence found for WHO and CDC guidelines on Zika transmission
    At least half of Zika-infected men will have traces of virus in their semen, but in most cases, viral shedding stops after about three months, according to researchers from several institutions in Puerto Rico.
  • Study finds many patients are fearful of wasting GPs’ time
    A recent study at Cambridge University has found that the current NHS crisis has left patients reluctant to visit their doctor amid fears they are wasting their GP’s time.
  • Will an expedited FDA drug-approval process result in a win-win situation?
    Accelerating the FDA drug-approval process has been a broadly bipartisan supported issue. But will it be a win-win situation for patients and pharmaceutical companies?
  • Shift work: A doctor's advice on coping
    It is no secret, or surprise, that shift work has multiple negative effects on any individual who is required to undergo it. Yet, it is undeniably an unavoidable part of working in the healthcare sector, hence healthcare professionals have no other option besides finding ways to cope. Here is one doctor's take on making shift work work for you.
  • The integrating of mental and behavioural healthcare in a medical practice
    The increasing number of patients consulting physicians in regular medical practices with regard to mental and behavioural health issues, faced as a result of stressful modern-day life, highlights an interesting question: Should, and can, these services be directly integrated into regular medical practices for patients' ease? 
  • Singapore's MOH to improve palliative care by increasing inpatient beds
    To meet the needs of an ageing population, the Ministry of Health will be upgrading palliative care services through funding as well as increasing inpatient beds by 2020.
  • Rotavirus outbreak in Kedah now up to 86 cases
    Investigations at the Ulu Lengong Hotspring in Kedah revealed no leakage of wastewater management, leading authorities to believe that the contamination was due to lack of awareness of personal hygiene amongst visitors.
  • Ethical practices vs practical medical decisions: The debate presses on for Singapore
    In the Singapore context, the need for medical treatment for both chronic and general illnesses such as cancer, pneumonia and ischaemic heart diseases have been on the rise. The more cases there are, the more ethical dilemmas are bound to arise, which leads to more constant questions about whether the Hippocratic oath can sometimes be bypassed for practical purposes, in order to suit the population’s needs. 
  • New transparency rules for pharma companies leave Australian health experts furious
    Pharmaceutical companies were found to spend over AUS$2.6 million on "educational events" for doctors on a new generation of blood thinners, in just six months. To add to concerns, these companies will no longer have to publish information about what they spend on such events.
  • Lab error forces over 400 people to be retested for Zika virus in the US
    Over 400 individuals in the District of Columbia, including 294 pregnant women, are being retested for Zika, due to a testing error by the public health laboratory which caused all results to become negative.